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Virus blamed for rise in race attacks

Jeremy Watson, The Times – 4 May 2021 More than a year after Wei Sak was on the receiving end of a hate-induced attack in Edinburgh whilst she was pushing a pram, Asian-hate crime has sky-rocketed compared to figures before the outbreak. In this article on The Times, Asia Scotland Institute comments on the worrying…

An upbeat mood on Asia is registered at the Boao Forum despite Covid crisis

Duncan Bartlett, China Plus – 22 April 2021 Booming post-Covid Asian economies, vaccine alliances and U.S.-China relations, in this article on China Plus Duncan Bartlett analyses the key messages from the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2021 which took place last week. Read the full article here.

Thai hotel groups urge scrapping of quarantine rules for vaccinated tourists

John Reed, Financial Times – 24 January 2021 For a country so reliant on tourism, Covid-19 has been disastrous for Thailand’s economy. Boats marooned, pubs and restaurants shut and tuk tuks parked, the country is eager to get tourists back in and quarantine-free travel for those already vaccinated could be the start. This article on…

How Asia can boost growth through technological leapfrogging

McKinsey Global Institute discussion paper – 2 December 2020 The initial speedy and successful response to Covid-19 of many countries within Asia can be correlated with the region’s technological advancements and infrastructure development prior to the outbreak. The last decade of growth in these areas provided the foundation for successful pandemic relief: South Korea’s blending…

China Lags as Thailand, Russia Rank Top Emerging Market Picks

Michelle Jamrisko and Simon Flint – Bloomberg Given the U.S.’ weariness of China’s increasing presence on the global stage and superpower status, it may be surprising to hear that China ranks 17th and last in Bloomberg’s Top Emerging Market Picks for 2021. The report studied 17 developing markets, rating their potential based on 11 financial and economic…

Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandatory? Two experts discuss

Alberto Giubilini, University of Oxford and Vageesh Jain, UCL – The Conversation To be properly protective, COVID-19 vaccines need to be given to most people worldwide. Only through widespread vaccination will we reach herd immunity – where enough people are immune to stop the disease from spreading freely. To achieve this, some have suggested vaccines…

England’s contact-tracing system needs better data handling to beat COVID-19

Mengdie Zhuang, UCL and Ed Manley, University of Leeds An anxious Jane receives a text message from the NHS confirming she has tested positive for COVID-19. She had called in sick to work that morning, after she first began to experience a dry cough and mild fever. But she’d spent the previous week running around…

The Logic of Sino-Western Détente

Jim O’Neill – Project Syndicate It might be cathartic to opine noisily about another country’s standards and practices, but there is substantial historical evidence to suggest that a country’s citizens will tend to value economic opportunity over most other issues. That axiom applies as much to the US, the UK, and Europe as it does…

Why a coronavirus vaccine is politically valuable to China

William Wang, Beijing Normal University and Holly Snape, University of Glasgow Hundreds of people have been queueing in the city of Yiwu in eastern China in recent days to get an experimental vaccine for COVID-19. Although the vaccine is yet to complete its clinical trials, it was reportedly given to hundreds of thousands of people…